Research Programs


OMAFRA currently invests over 60 million annually in research and innovation through a number of programs in the following seven theme areas:

  • Agricultural and Rural Policy
  • Bioeconomy-Industrial Uses
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Food for Health
  • Product Development and Enhancement Through Value Chains
  • Production Systems - Animals and Plants

This funding supports eight, theme-based research programs under the OMAFRA-University of Guelph Partnership and the related infrastructure (three agricultural colleges campuses and 14 research stations) helps build core capacity in agri-food research.

Open, competitive programs such as Food Safety and New Directions address various combinations of the above theme areas and address emerging issues and shorter term priorities.

Research Funding Opportunities

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Food Safety Research Program

  • Addresses the food safety component of the Emergency Management research theme by supporting new method development, risk assessment and methods of mitigating those risks.
  • 2014 Call now closed. Only applicants who are successful at the letter of intent stage will be invited to submit a full proposal.
  • The next call for proposals is expected in April 2015.
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New Directions Research Program

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OMAF and MRA-University of Guelph Partnership Research Programs

  • Eight research programs addressing all seven themes (Production Systems has 2 programs - Plants and Animals)
  • Call for Letters of Intent issued yearly in the Fall.

2014-15 Quebec-Ontario Cooperation for Agri-Food Research Competition

  • Joint research competition on research topics of mutual interest to both provinces related to pest management and water management
  • deadline for submission is Tuesday September 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

How to Apply

Programs No Longer Issuing Calls

The following research programs are no longer issuing Calls for proposals. Click on the links provided to find out about their funded projects:

For more information:

Author: Daphne Tot- Research Analyst-Corporate Projects/RIB
Creation Date: 08 April 2009
Last Reviewed: 15 August 2014